The motion to introduce a levy on large retail outlets was debated at full Council last week:
Futures Forum: Local Retail Levy: District Council to debate
However, the decision reached by the District Council seems to have been based purely on party-political affiliation:
Claire Wright - Your Independent East Devon District Councillor for Ottery Rural
See also: Futures Forum: What is the difference between a 'business park'... and a 'retail park'
... Part Two